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All Canadians take pride in our 150th anniversary, but Jewish citizens celebrate with a special appreciation. Canada’s peoples come from many backgrounds and religions. Our spirit of tolerance and diversity helps cultural communities thrive within a mosaic.

Jews have lived in Canada for nearly 250 years. Our numbers were few at first, but grew with immigration. Our entry was not easy. Canada until the 1960s had professional, educational and immigration barriers – and prejudices – targeting Jews. Happily, things have changed. Now nearly 400,000 Jewish people live in all Provinces and Territories in Canada, especially Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

This amazing Exhibition, prepared by volunteers and funded by private donations, presents a powerful sample of Jewish contributions to our country. Like every ethnic group of Canadians, we feel blessed to live in peace with our neighbours, learning from the past and building a better future for all.

 Prepared by the Canadian Jewish Experience exhibition team, with special thanks to Tova and Jim Lynch, Victor Rabinovitch, and Sandra Morton Weizman. The Canadian Jewish Experience would like to recognize the many organizations across the nation for providing exhibit space for “A Tribute to Canada 150.”
Among many excellent studies on Jewish history in Canada, these two books are great starting points:
Irving Abella and Harold Troper, None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933-1948, (University of Toronto Press, 1983).
Gerald Tulchinsky, Canada’s Jews: A People’s Journey (University of Toronto Press, 2008).

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